Sugar pyramids

In our Friday morning co-op we are learning about ancient egypt and the pyramids. Did you know that around 2500 B.C King Khufu decided he wanted to be buried in a pyramid. So he oversaw the building of the first pyramid known as the Great Pyramid at Giza. It ended up being 10 football fields long and as tall as a 40 story building! The pyramid has been estimated to weigh 2 1/2 tons(smaller) to 15 tons(largest). They are HUGE. I can’t even imagine how big they are, I have never stood next to a 40 story building!

So this week is history but I have mixed in math and science with the little experiment we will be doing. It looked like fun so I tried it out myself before giving it to the kids and here is what I came up with:

I did the math on how many sugar cubes I would need and drew a diagram for each layer. This one above is for the students to do the math before getting the suppies.

This little pyramid is what I came up with. A total of 30 sugar cubes. Then I added 1/2 cup of colored water.

All the sugar cubes soaked up the water so fast that I didn’t get to take a picture of it happening! My co-op kids are going to love it!  I can’t wait to share it 🙂

I made up the kits with 30 sugar cubes in a small metal container ( like the ones you get to send home leftovers from the $1 Tree) and wrote instructions on the lids.

Here is the link to the Mystery of History curriculum that we are using in our co-op.

 

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One Reply to “Sugar pyramids”

  1. You really have some great ideas for home schoolers, and I love the photos you post . It’s always nice to see the true how to photos . Looks like some amazing learning .

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